How often is the TV on?

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Registered: 01-24-2012
How often is the TV on?
Fri, 03-08-2013 - 1:05pm

I had a parent upset with me the other day b/c her 18 month old now knew who Spongebob was and blamed it on me having the TV on once in awhile for my darcare kids. She seemed to insinuate that the TV should NEVER be on but that seems unrealistic to me. I really don't have it on that much, mostly on rainy days, and we still do lots of other activities- arts and crafts, music time, etc.

But that got me curious- do you ever put a video/DVD on for your home daycare kids?

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Registered: 02-16-2012
Fri, 03-29-2013 - 1:22pm

Well, I don't run a daycare but imo, the mom is freaking out over nothing. Of course you're going to need to use the TV every once in awhile- especially on rainy days, like you said.

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Registered: 11-20-2001
Wed, 05-01-2013 - 7:51pm
In all the years I've done child care in my home SpongeBob is never watched. Nope, the story lines are way too adult oriented.


Linda - wife, mother, grandmum                     &nb

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Registered: 01-08-2001
Sun, 09-22-2013 - 12:03am

This is a tough one!  I made the decision long ago to NEVER have Spongebob on in my daycare.  It's a show that not everyone loves and it isn't necessarily kid friendly.  That being said I do have the TV one, however it is alwasy something I feel is ok for all ages and hopefully educational.  PBS is great for those types of shows.  We do watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse every day before lunch.  We usually watch 30 minutes before lunch and that's about it.  Years ago we did a movie every Friday with popcorn after nap until parents came - I loved it!!  however, I have parents now who don't want their children watching much TV so we had to switch.  A lot depends on the parents and the kids in care.  it's definitely a conversation you need to have at enrollment.